Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 1
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. . . . 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, 20
The promise and plan of verses three and four are declared right and true in verse twenty. It’s a powerful moment when the promises and the declarations of the promise are connected with such preciseness. The promise of these verses is grounded in the very nature of who God is. He is a God of compassion and comfort and because that is part of his very character, then it becomes a promise to us because it is who He is. The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. When trouble arises we can rest in that promise if we will seek that from him. It is a “Yes” because Christ indwells our hearts and in turn when we speak the truth it becomes an “Amen” to his glory. But look, don’t just think of spoken as only meaning something verbal. Why are we comforted? So that we can comfort others who find themselves in difficult places and we become the means by which the comfort of God finds its way to those people. God uses us to allow others to experience his character and be a fulfillment of his promises just like He relates to us. We can be used powerfully by God when we benefit from His promise then become His promise to others. It’s an age old principle. We receive in order to give. To God be the glory.
Heavenly Father, comfort those in trouble today. Comfort all of us when we find ourselves in times of trouble. Then show us the people and places where we may offer comfort in the same way you comfort us. Use us in this profound and powerful way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.